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Postby OMGBEES » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:08 am

Fuck it, full speed ahead!

In Aoi Hana, Manjome finally comes out to Achan, and I really think it was handled well, both from the perspective of Manjome, and from the perspective of Achan. I'm really hopeful for good things from this series:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Aoih ... rer=180656

Here are some must-see streamable series:

The Time of Eve:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/search?q=Time+of+Eve

It's set in a nearish future, where actual, human-like androids are a reality. A boy stumbles into a cafe with a single rule - there is no discrimination between androids and humans. Because of this, it is impossible to tell who is human and who is not. He's forced to come to terms with the idea that the things he's been viewing as property may actually be human after all.

Last Exile: http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Last_Exile

A war is faught in the sky with steampunk airships that look quite a lot like WWI-era battleships. It focuses on a pair of vanship pilots, who fly very agile but unarmored and unarmed craft, which are used for sending messages, reconnaissance, and basically as remote sensors. Interesting show, very pretty battle scenes.

Pale Cocoon: http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Pale_Cocoon

A half hour or forty five minute short film by the Time of Eve guy. It's probably a bit slow for a lot of people, but very pretty and meditative. It concerns a man who works in digital archeology, recovering bits of lost networked storage and trying to assemble what it means.

The Tower of Druaga: http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/The_ ... s_of_URUK-

The first episode of this is what I'm chiefly concerned about. It does a really great spoof of older-school JRPGs that had me and the anime night crew in stitches.

The Place Promised in our Early Days:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Plac ... Our_Early..

Voices of a Distant Star:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/library/Voic ... stant_Star

These are movies by Makoto Shinkai, who the press has called the new Miyazaki. (Although I'm not sure his stuff has quite the universal appeal that Miyazaki pulls of.) The first is about two boys who decide to build an experimental aircraft to reach a tower owned by a nation their country is at war with, and the things that result from doing so. The second is about a girl who is fighting an interstellar war, who is sending email home to her boyfriend. Due to relativistic dilation, her messages arrive later and later, until her high school self is sending messages to a grown man with a family.

Pobs, 5cm Per Second is streamable on this site as well. I still haven't seen it because I am not a good person.

Air TV (coming soon): http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=video&v=1355

A boy wanders into a town looking for the girl who with wings who lives beyond the sky. He meets a cast of characters who have been touched by her in ways he couldn't have imagined, and finds himself drawn into a web of destiny over a thousand summers old. I have openly bawled at this show.

Gunslinger Girl: http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=36

A kind of skeevy Italian agency rescues girls who have fallen through societies cracks, builds them into cyborgs, brainwashes them, and puts them under the control of seasoned intelligence operatives for assassination missions. The attractor ends up the interplay between the agents and their girls; the personality of the one influences the personality of the other, and vice versa. It ends up being kind of a crazy statement on parenting.

Mushishi: http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=59

Sometimes around the Showa era (1900-1920's I would guess?) a man travels, solving problems. He specializes in finding and treating problems caused by mushi - strange creatures who are to souls or supernatural phenomena as bacteria are to complex animals. Not at all like Pokemon, but very very VERY hard to explain. Give the first one or two episodes a try, I will bet that you will love this.

Paradise Kiss: http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=69

A girl attending high school gets asked to be the model for an eccentric group of fasion designers. The show is about growing up and learning to understand yourself, and how that changes your dreams for the future, as well as the difficulty of interpersonal relationships.

Ouran High School Host Club: http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=67

A poor girl on scholarship at a rich boarding school breaks an expensive item and ends up indebeted to a bunch of guys who entertain girls with tea and conversation. (Sort of like male geishas.) It just so happens she makes a wonderful guy, and the girls are soon going nuts for her. It's funny! It does a great job of lampooning bishonen archetypes.

Samurai Shamploo: http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=282

By the Cowboy Bebop guy (Shinchiro Watanabe), it mixes hip-hop and sengoku Japan the way Bebop mixed sci fi and jazz. Very stylish, at times very funny, and at times heart-wrenching. Much in the style of Bebop, each episode or two are their own little story of the adventures of a motley crew, traveling around Japan.

Gankutsuoh: http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=265

A sci-fi retelling of the sequel to The Count of Monte Cristo that never happened. There's a really bizarre art effect going on with the clothes in this one, but the story is well worth putting up with it.

Welcome to the NHK: http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=64

A hikikomori (shut-ins who never leave the house and live off the money of kind relatives) comes to a startling realization: The NHK (Japanese broadcasting company) creates anime to trick unsuspecting people into becoming hikikomori! A weird tale of crazy people just trying to get along and also talking appliances.
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Postby OMGBEES » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:11 am

AND! My favorite openings, copy-pasted from the Geekkon forums:

I'm bored as hell at work. Thus you get: OMG'S FAVORITE ANIME OPS. In no particular order.

Higurashi OP1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hHKmiRwyBU

Otougozoshi OP1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6pFkyR1k94

Bleach OP1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtpSxDtHElc

Bleach OP10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F25MM_OKe0M

Lain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XfJwh2cC6o

Air TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDTSvPyOuKw

Ergo Proxy: http://www.tu.tv/videos/ergo-proxy-opening_1

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei OP1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM8ODecbuhA

Eden of the East: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pdqeu9L ... re=related

Gunslinger Girl: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x494br ... s_creation

That's 10, so I'll leave it there.



I tried not to do it, but I can't help it. I have to include the K-ON ED, even though its technically OFF TOPIC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igEKaCJhtk0

I am weak.

EDIT:

Also the GITSACS:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1h6z4 ... ng-1_music
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/596805/an ... nd_gig_op/

OKAY AND CLANNAD GEEZ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2HmP6Sl5RQ

Sigh and Tsukihime:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSkHhtF7iJQ

GAH and Trinity Blood:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqc3Dei_zwI

AND ROBIN THIS WILL NEVER END

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rhU6WJKdtQ

Adding Baccano:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUjqlVt6y2A
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Postby hobokenbob » Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:17 pm

Voices of a Distant Star


This had me sobbing like nothing else.
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Postby OMGBEES » Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:24 pm

Yeah, Voices is incredibly sad. Did you see The Place of Promise....? The very end, when they're orbiting the tower....

Shinkai knows his way around your tear ducts. He has been there before. If you don't mind he's just going to drop in for a bit, maybe make some sandwiches.
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Postby Eolh » Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:59 pm

Anime sucks.
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Postby Bag of Ass » Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:01 pm

hahaha

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Postby OMGBEES » Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:25 pm

Eolh wrote:Anime sucks.

You can't win this argument, you like Buffy.
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Postby Too-Much-Coffee Mistress » Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:46 pm

OMGBEES wrote:You can't win this argument, you like Buffy.


I'm leaving this one alone, as I'm quite a bit of caught in the middle here... :lol:

Nana is now available on Hulu. From the sparse amount of it I've read, it seems kind of like the Odd Couple of anime. I think OMG can probably fill in more details on it. Only thing is, you have to have a Hulu account to view it.

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I remember the last time we talked about this one in chat, you seemed to hate it quite a bit.
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Postby Eolh » Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:06 pm

OMGBEES wrote:
Eolh wrote:Anime sucks.

You can't win this argument, you like Buffy.

I wasn't planning on arguing, but even if I was, I'm not sure a strawman would make me lose.
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Postby Too-Much-Coffee Mistress » Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:40 pm

Eolh wrote:
OMGBEES wrote:
Eolh wrote:Anime sucks.

You can't win this argument, you like Buffy.

I wasn't planning on arguing, but even if I was, I'm not sure a strawman would make me lose.


I think he was just poking fun at you, Eolh.
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Postby Eolh » Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:48 pm

Oh, I know, and I'm mostly teasing too. I don't actually think all (just most) anime sucks. I just think it's funny to say that it does when anime nerds go off about it.
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Postby OMGBEES » Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:53 pm

Eolh wrote:I don't actually think all (just most) anime sucks. I just think it's funny to say that it does when anime nerds go off about it.


I think 80-90% of everything sucks. I would think that would be obvious by now! But when anime gets it right, for me, it gets it VERY right.

That said a good 3/4 of the shows coming out in any given season are shonen action shows that I can not STAND.

I wasn't planning on arguing, but even if I was, I'm not sure a strawman would make me lose.


That's only a straw man if you don't actually like Buffy. See:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_man

Oh, I know, and I'm mostly teasing too. I just think it's funny to say that it does when anime nerds go off about it.


Almost as fun (and easy!) as it is to tease fans of pre-teen vampire primetime soaps!
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Postby Eolh » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:50 pm

If there's one thing I've learned over the nearly 10 years I've interacted with Square, it's that we have almost completely divergent tastes that somehow intersected on Persona 3.
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Postby OMGBEES » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:05 pm

I think that is probably correct!
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Postby pablo banquo » Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:39 pm

I was surprised how much I liked Samurai Champloo, considering I'm not a fan of hip hop culture in general. It's an odd blend that manages not to overpower the samurai storylines.

Unlike Afro Samurai, which is completely over the fucking top.
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Postby Too-Much-Coffee Mistress » Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:30 pm

I actually kind of appreciated how ridiculously over-the-top Afro Samurai was. At a certain point, it's just like "Oh, ok, this series is going to be batshit insane. Cool." I think it might've had something to do with my first exposure to the series being Afro fighting a cybernetic teddy bear.
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Postby OMGBEES » Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:44 pm

pablo banquo wrote:I was surprised how much I liked Samurai Champloo, considering I'm not a fan of hip hop culture in general. It's an odd blend that manages not to overpower the samurai storylines.

Unlike Afro Samurai, which is completely over the fucking top.

I hate Afro Samurai. It's the only time I've screamed at the screen for Sam Jackson to just SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY.
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Postby OMGBEES » Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:48 pm

Hey, ANN's got a lot of trailers on here. There's one from Mushishi:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/video/430/#play-1

Unfortunately they didn't use music from the series, which is this sort of ringing ambient stuff that sounds like the Japanese approach to Hemi-Sync.

Also, they have Welcome to the NHK:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/video/438/

They have an Ouran trailer, but I'm not going to link it because it's dubbed with the worst voice acting I think I've ever heard.
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Postby hobokenbob » Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:21 pm

I feel like saying something controversial about "voices of a distant star".

I liked the english dub alot better.
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Postby OMGBEES » Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:00 pm

That's fine, some people really like dubs. I'm not familiar with that one.

There are a couple of shows with strong dubs. Cowboy Bebop is good - I think the English Spike is actually better than the Japanese. However, the Japanese Faye and Ed and most of the scenery characters are better.

There are some other shows with good dubs but I can't think of them now.

Emphatically, ABe shows do NOT get good dubs. They get Wende Lee. The greatest tragedy about Wende Lee is her durability.
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